At least eight Michigan school districts are questioning whether constricting budgets might force them to pass on an ambitious, $39 million effort to put a laptop computer in the hands of every sixth-grader across the state. Despite the outcry, however, Gov. Jennifer Granholm continues to back the program.

Called Freedom to Learn, the one-to-one computing initiative is seen by many as the next step toward putting a laptop into the hands of every K-12 student throughout the state.

But The Detroit News reported Oct. 6 that officials in some


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